Anchor Hocking joins forces with Baked on new line | Review: Top eco-friendly product at Housewares Show | Wood drives Areaware's newest gadget
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March 6, 2013
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Review: Colors, new products lit up Housewares Show
Products in bold colors choices featured heavily at the International Home + Housewares Show, which wrapped up in Chicago Tuesday. Exhibitors also rolled out a broad range of new products such as ceramic nonstick coated cookware, robotic vacuums, and kitchen mats. (3/5)
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Anchor Hocking joins forces with Baked on new line
Anchor Hocking has formed a partnership with New York-based Baked to produce a new line of glass bakeware under Anchor Hocking’s Fire King brand. The line will feature pieces with vintage designs. HomeWorld Business (3/2)
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Trends & Innovations
Review: Top eco-friendly product at Housewares Show
Exhibitors at the International Home + Housewares Show came forward with an array of eco-friendly products. Vapur’s MicroFilter, SodaStream’s Source and Sowden’s SoftBrew were among the top ten picks by Inhabit. Inhabitat (3/4)
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Wood drives Areaware's newest gadget
Areaware’s new bottle opener gives kitchen opening tasks a rustic look. The gadget, made from walnut, comes with the handle dipped in one of four colors -- black, blue, red or white. (3/5)
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Review: Specialized graters work best for ginger
Ginger graters are designed to make quick work of the tricky spice. The specialized graters are sold in Asian markets and cooking supply stores, coming in metal, bamboo and porcelain varieties. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (3/5)
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Review: Gadgets for specific purposes
Designers and manufacturers have come forward with kitchen gadgets geared toward a single specific function. A corn kernel remover, egg separator, TacoProper and hot dog toaster are among the gadgets aimed at making certain kitchen and food preparation tasks easier. Gizmodo (3/5)
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Retail News
British store closures outpace openings in 2012
In the second half of 2012 more independent British stores closed than opened, posting a decline of 0.03%, according to a new report from The Local Data Company. Chain store closing also outpaced openings during the year resulting in a shutdown figure of 1,779. (3/4)
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Retail stocks help fuel new record highs
Retail stocks are playing a key role as U.S. stock markets continue to rise; the S&P Retail Index is trading at record highs this week, driven largely by brands at the low and high ends of the price spectrum. Discounters including Ross Stores, TJX and Dollar Tree have seen their shares soar in recent years, as have high-end retailers including Ralph Lauren. CNBC (3/5)
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Finance & Policy
Obama seeks budget-deal support from Republicans
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Putting talks with GOP leaders on the back burner for a while, President Barack Obama is reaching out to rank-and-file Senate Republicans to build support for a budget deal with higher taxes to pay down U.S. debt. Obama told senators that he is willing to make changes in health care and retirement programs to get a budget compromise that includes higher taxes. The Washington Post (3/5), Bloomberg (3/6)
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IHA News
Government Affairs Committee seeks members
IHA's Government Affairs Committee is looking for new members. This committee plays a central role in helping the housewares industry identify the federal legislative and regulatory issues that can impact the economic and business interests of its members and develop strategies that promote the industry's concerns with elected public officials. Members attend one two-day annual meeting in Washington, D.C., where they will meet with their congressional representatives and provide IHA with input on issues that are critical to their business along with grassroots support. Learn more.
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Search, plan, communicate with Housewares Connect 365
Follow up on your visit to the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show with Housewares Connect 365, a year-round search and planning tool on IHA's website. If you can’t remember which companies you visited or specific products you saw, use this free tool to search for exhibitors and products. Use the floor plans to identify booths you visited but forgot the name. Simply move the mouse over the booths and the exhibitors' names will pop up. Contact companies through your personal briefcase. Begin searching.
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Every time you spend money, you're casting a vote for the kind of world you want."
-- Anna Lappé,
American writer, speaker and activist
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